J.D. McClatchy is an American poet and librettist. He is 
­Editor of The Yale Review. His most recent book is Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems.
 (April 2014)

Bacon’s Easel

On it, the figure of something dead Inside a man who’s penetrated Another man articulated Against a square that could be read As a proper balance or a purple bruise. They go about it silently, Neither rapt, neither free To do …